Integration Success

A visit with 2024 Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association Chair Sam Hoehner   Two years out from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and National Concrete Masonry Association unification, the successor organization’s board chair sees a groundswell of indicators favoring members, allied interests and architectural, engineering and construction parties, concluding, “I can’t think of a better time to be a part…

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Province Recharge

Oldcastle APG, a CRH Company, underscored a commitment to its Permacon business in Canada with the November 2023 dedication of a new hardscape production line in Anjou, Quebec. The advanced paver, slab and segmental retaining wall operation is built in an existing enclosure across from a twin-machine line whose decades of output supported the Quebec and Ontario hardscape market leader.…

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Superior Ready Mix: Where Innovation Lives

In an era of continual investments, divestments and mergers of large, global materials producers, it’s easy to view the “big players” as agents of change. But look closely: true innovation is second nature to regional leaders like Superior Ready Mix, a family-owned and operated producer of concrete, asphalt and aggregates based in Escondido, Calif. The company began in 1958 as…

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A Better Home for the Future

Insurance cost factors attending traditional wood-frame homes are compelling builders to consider more robust solutions, especially in the face of their properties’ potential exposure to high winds, flooding and wildfires. While underwriting and government agency officials grapple with challenges for individual homeowners and communities, there is growing discussion as to the future of residential construction and single-family home durability. Some…

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PRECAST PREEMINENCE

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute recognizes creative, innovative use of architectural, structural precast The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute awarded 19 building and transportation precast concrete projects during the 2024 PCI Design Awards program. A panel of engineers, architects, and precast concrete producers judges all nominees on aesthetic, structural, and use versatility; site, energy and operational efficiency, and risk reduction; and resiliency, such…

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A Sustainable Future

By Josephine Patterson A visit with 2024 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Chair Jim Fabinski With 30 years of experience in the precast concrete industry, Jim Fabinksi, vice president and general manager of EnCon United, brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to his leadership role as Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute chair. In fact, he has been involved with the institute for two…

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Streamlined Slab

Authorized installer Wayne Brothers proves MEGASLAB tendencies to low carbon metrics, high load-bearing potential, plus concrete schedule and jointing optimization The MEGASLAB specification equates to a 70 percent reduction in the amount of jointing that a conventional 9-in. thick alternative would require. The darker, glass-like section shown here has received a final trowel pass and is ready for MEGASpray. Following…

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Front Line Excellence

The 28th Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year program recognizes three industry veterans from a pool of outstanding team players. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Safety, Environmental and Operations Committee tasked a panel of judges to weigh nominees’ competence, driving skills, professionalism, safety records, and colleague or customer testimonials. The NRMCA Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau will…

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Working Together

A visit with 2023-24 National Precast Concrete Association Chair Bill Bundschuh Concurrent with new association staff leadership under Nick Rhoad, PRETECH Corp. President and Principal Bill Bundschuh succeeds Joel Sheets (Tindall Infrastructure) as NPCA chair. Over his 30 years at the helm of PRETECH, Bundschuh has steered the Kansas City, Kan.-based precast business through a major downturn to record top…

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For the Team

Workforce safety, input and growth potential carry the  day at new Knife River Prestress Division flagship BY DON MARSH A new high-bay structure a stone’s throw from the Washington-Idaho border is poised to emerge this decade as the most productive precast, prestressed concrete facility on the West Coast. With nearly 200,000 square feet under roof on a 45-acre site, the…

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